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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1840 ..

project to improve the system wide management of transferring older people from hospital and the community to residential aged care facilities.

In addition to this the Commonwealth Government has recently funded the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) initiative to improve the partnerships between aged care providers and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. The initiative aims to ensure that the special needs of older people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are identified and addressed. Under this initiative the ACT has one PICAC position funded.

Also, through the Home and Community Care (HACC) program a Multi-Cultural HACC Liaison Officer (MHLO) position is funded to improve the participation of culturally and linguistically diverse people in community based services. The initiative seeks to assist community based agencies and practitioners to be more culturally sensitive and to ensure that the special needs of CALD clients are identified and addressed. This position works in partnership with the PICAC position.

The position of the Residential Aged Care Liaison Nurse was appointed in early 2003.

The Residential Aged Care Liaison Nurse position was funded from the 2002-03 Post Hospitalisation Budget initiative.

Bushfires-chronology of events

(Question No 643)

Mr Pratt

asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 6 May 2003:

In relation to the events surrounding the January firestorm:

Was the issue of the evacuation of Duffy (and associated suburbs) addressed at the meeting, attended by the Chief Minister, at Emergency Service Headquarters on 18 January 2003.

If so, what time was that issue addressed, if not, why not.

What decision was made and by whom about the evacuation or non-evacuation of Duffy.

To your understanding, where were the fires (in relation to Duffy) at the time this decision was made.

Was a state of emergency under the Emergency Management Act declared.

If so, what time was that state of emergency declared.

Where were the fires, to your understanding, at the time the state of emergency was declared.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The questions you have raised are already being examined by Mr McLeod and the Emergency Services Bureau (ESB) has provided a submission to the Inquiry covering all aspects of ESB's involvement in the January 2003 bushfires.

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